Rather than searching out “award-winning” STEM activities, find those that offer the reward of children responding to them, and learning the concepts they were designed to demonstrate.
Here’s what makes STEM activities “award-winning” in terms of rewards:
Does it foster curiosity?
Does it demonstrate a real world situation/problem?
Is it appropriate for the ability of those participating?
Is it engaging and interesting?
Does it have teachable concepts that pertain to a bigger picture?
Are there opportunities to expand it with record keeping or other related activities?
Does it foster teamwork?
Activities that foster these concepts help solidify ideas for children and because the great ones are interactive and address all these criteria, they provide tangible benefits and results.
One way to ensure you’re getting “award-winning” STEM activities for children is to source them from reputable websites like The Stem Laboratory. Here you’ll find activities that meet all the criteria listed above, and the added bonus of knowing they’ve been road tested and continually enhanced based on real classroom experiences.
Developed for pre-K, kindergarten and first grade children, thousands of teachers are finding it much easier to incorporate STEM activities into their curriculum, as it can be intimidating knowing where to start. Teachers that use these STEM activities for their children are having reactions like Dawn, a 1st grade teacher. “I hadn’t been trained in STEM and didn’t really understand how it would work in my classroom. This was perfect for lower elementary students and VERY engaging. The trainings were thorough yet to the point. My first two centers are already made and ready to use!”
Activities are designed to be easy to implement and use common items like toothpicks, modeling clay (or marshmallows, jellybeans, etc.) Besides downloadable activities, there are also options for training that come with professional development credits.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]